3rd October 1970

L.G.C.B. / P.R.C. / R.C.T.S.
Exmoor Belle Rail Tour

DMU Used 51328+59498+51313

Route :

DMU Route
as listed Exeter St Davids - Cowley Bridge Jn - Crediton - Eggesford - Barnstaple Juncton - Barnstaple Town - Mortehoe & Woolacombe - Ilfracombe
as listed Ilfracombe - Mortehoe & Woolacombe - Barnstaple Junction
as listed Barnstaple Junction - Torrington - Yarde Halt - Meeth Siding
as listed Meeth Siding - (reverse of outward route) - Barnstaple Junction - Eggesford - Crediton - Cowley Bridge Jn - Riverside Yard - goods lines - Exeter West Box
as listed Exeter West Box - Exeter St Davids

Notes :
This was the last day for services over the Barnstaple - Ilfracombe line. The running of this service over the freight only Barnstaple - Meeth line caused protests by a number of locals who felt it wrong for enthusiasts to travel over a line no longer available to the local populace.

Sources : David Hills (compiled from contemporary reports) & John Broderick

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from John Broderick)

Location Booked Actual
Exeter St Davids 10.20d 10.20d
Cowley Bridge Jn 10/23 10/22
Crediton 10/30 10/30
Coleford Jn 10/36 10/37
Copplestone 10/38 10/41
Eggesford 10/52 10/52
Umberleigh 11/09 11/06
Barnstaple Junction 11.20a ~ 11.30d 11.15a ~ 11.31d
Braunton 11/41 11/43
Ilfracombe 12.00a ~ 12.15d 12.08a ~ 12.20d
Mortehoe & Woolacombe 12.26a ~ 12.32d 12.33a ~ 12.37
Braunton 12/42 12/47
Barnstaple Junction 12.53a ~ 13.00d 12.58a ~ 13.06d
Instow 13/28 13/32
Torrington 14p00a ~ 15p10d 14.03a ~ 14.16d
Watergate 14p27a ~ 14.23d 14.27a ~ 14.33d
Yarde Halt ? 14.45a ~ 14.53d
Meeth Siding 14.58a ~ 15.03d 15.16a ~ 15.29d
Petrockstow ? 15.37a ~ 15.42d
Torrington 15/50 16.16a ~ 16.18d
Bideford 16p10a ~ 16p15d 16.37a ~ 16.42d
Instow 16/25 16/51
Barnstaple Junction 16.53a ~ 17.16d 17.15a ~ 17.17d
Umberleigh 17/25 17/26
Eggesford 17/43 17/42
Copplestone 17/56 17/53
Coleford Jn 17/58 17/56
Crediton 18/05 18/02
Cowley Bridge Jn 18.15a ~ 18.20d 18/12
Exeter Riverside (goods loop) 18/28 18/15
Exeter West Box 18.33a ~ 18.35d 18.21a ~ 18.22d
Exeter St Davids 18.36a 18.23a


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